Learn About SSCA

Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA) strives to cultivate successful relationships of a global nature among the youth, adults and businesses of Sonoma Valley through cultural, educational, and social events, along with leadership programs which emphasize reaching out to potential partners and beneficiaries within our sister city communities.

SSCA programs are supported by local volunteers and city officials and foster long-term relationships with cities abroad, opening the doors to meaningful and lasting global friendships and connections which promotes mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Meet the Board of Directors

Our Board consists of elected officers and the chairperson of each city committee as well as Bocce Sonoma and is staffed by volunteers. We also have board members who oversee particular functions which support all committees and SSCA as a whole: government compliance, membership, communications and public relations, and operations. Board members contribute advice and various levels of support to project leaders working to fullfill the mission of Sister Cities International. Pictured: (right to left) Hans Steuck, Vice President; Farrel Beddome, President; Monica Menco, Communications Director, and Violet Espiritu, Secretary.

Sonoma City Hall

Thank You to the City of Sonoma

SSCA would not be possible without the authorization and involvement of the City of Sonoma.  Each of our sister city relationships results from an official agreement between each city government.  Sister city relationships are the result of timely, careful communciations between representatives of each city who work with SSCA to advance the mission of Sister Cities International and create the opportunity for citizen to citizen diplomacy.  Our current mayor, Mr. David Cook, has been personally involved with delegation visits, as have other members of the City Council.   Click here for more infromation about the City of Sonoma.

Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:C.Maylett
  • The Track to Success: 2015 Bocce Sonoma Tournament
  • That's a Shot!  Go Red!


SONOMA, CA – October 9 2015

Bocce Sonoma closed out the 2015 season with an amazing tournament and a record number of players/members. The 2015 season encompassed thirteen leagues and […]

Remembering Ivy Cardinaux

Our dear friend and long time Chamson member, Ivy Cardinaux, passed away September 2, 2015. She was 92 years old. In 1987, Ivy began dedicating her time to […]

  • The 1987 Fire Truck Gets Ready to Go to Ecuandureo

SSCA Sonoma-Patzcuaro Committee Organizes Fire Truck Donation

Patrick Garcia, chairperson of the Sonoma-Patzcuaro Sister City Committee, announced that the Committee successfully facilitated the donation of a 1987 fire truck from the City of Sonoma to the town […]

  • L-R: Wayne Schake, Cecelia Lelonde Schake, City Council member Gary Edwards, Ruth Edwards, Sherri Ferris, Dr. Keyvan Tabari  (Not pictured:  Mrs. Patricia Carter and Mr. Hans Steuck)

Sonoma-Penglai Sister City Committee Part of Official Delegation to China


Members of the Sonoma-Penglai Sister City Committee will be traveling to Beijing, Ningxia, and Penglai, China later this month with City Council Member Gary Edwards and his wife, Ruth. […]

  • November 2014 - Buena Vista Cave dinner, 2014, dinner hosted by Tom Blackwood, Director of Retail Operations, Boisset Collection and General Manager of Buena Vista Winery

Save the Date for “A Night in Tokaj”

Click here for information.

  • Bocce Sonoma in Action!

Bocce Sonoma Posts Winning Teams for the First Session of Leauge Play 2015

The first 9 weeks of league play for 2015 are finished and the result are in. See the winners here.

Our memberships are handled by Groupspaces, click here to join.
July 01, 2015 – Do you like asking for money?  If you do, then you could be the next SSCA Director of Fundraising.  Click here for a complete job description.  Contact Farrel Beddome at president to take the next step.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Save the date: “An Evening in Tokaj” Saturday, November 14, 2015, 6-9pm.
    Click here for more information.

  • Bocce ball tournament play continues through September. Contact Ginette Cary at (+1)707-935-3337 or gsc3299@att.net for more information.

  • The annual Bocce Ball tournament hosted by Bocce Sonoma happens this Sunday at Depot Park, Sonoma.  Play starts at 9:00am and at 1:00pm.  Come support our local team.

  • Good news!  The Sonoma-Patzcuaro Sister City Committee succeeded in getting the fire truck trasferred and driven to Ecuandureo, State of Michoachan, Mexico.  Click here for more details.  Contact P. Garcia at patzcuaro if you are interested in joining the Committee.